Forever Floral: Bridesmaid Dresses Decked Out with Flowers are Here to Stay?

Last year’s spring wedding fashion season brought with it an interesting botanical twist… wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses with floral embellishments and floral patterns that were unlike anything seen before. This was not your delicate, tiny floral print that would only be obvious to someone giving the wearer a squeeze or itty-bitty rosettes. Runways all over the U.S. and beyond played host to gowns that looked like giant blossoms and overt prints. As always, the ferocity of the runway was realized in a somewhat less blatant form in playful floral embellishments and other toned down frippery.

And we’re not shy about admitting we loved it. To see all things floral – bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, and more – take center stage was absolutely delightful! Of course, we also had to wonder whether the trend for florals would persevere and stand the test of time or fade away as so many bridal trends do. Right now, only just into 2012, it feels like it may just be too early to tell. Designers are still producing beautiful floral bridesmaid dresses botanically inspired bridal jewelry, and finding new ways to integrate nature into their designs.

Personally, we don’t see the patterned bridesmaid dress trend as one that did or will every really take off. Which is a shame, but the brides have spoken! Where we do see flowers living on is in floral embellishments on bridesmaids’ dresses from a wide variety of designers and in floral bridal jewelry, too. Are the blossoms we’re seeing on actual bridesmaids as striking as the ones we saw last year on the runway? Of course not. But they’re there, in oversized rosettes and other floral embellishments on shoulders and waists, on bridal belts and in headbands, and sometimes on places you’d never expect, like shoes!

So when it comes to whether flowers are forever, we may not shout a resounding yes – but we’ll happily admit that floral bridesmaid dresses and all that good stuff are for right now. What do you think about florals on bridesmaids? Is this a trend with staying power or are you already over it?

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Bold Bridal Jewelry Sets are About Getting Comfortable with Color

Brides, are you still looking for that perfect something blue? (Or pink or red or purple…?) Then have we got news for you. Color, once the sole territory of attendants, is not just for bridesmaids anymore! As more and more brides-to-be look to make a statement with unique, playful, and funky bridal jewelry sets, color has slowly but surely crept in to the daring bride’s arsenal of accessories.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy to think in color! Over the past year, brides have come to us with a lot of questions about the new bolder bridal jewelry on the market today. A common query: How are colored bridal jewelry sets worn… and with what and by whom?

Trust us, we understand the average bride’s misgivings. She has a color scheme picked out, but when she envisions her own wedding day look, she sees the white and she sees the sparkle, but color hasn’t come into play. That doesn’t mean she’s afraid of color, however. Far from it! Her concern is not with choosing her colors – trust us, she’s got that down – but how to use them when it comes to her jewelry.

Blue bridal jewelry might seem like a no-brainer – the aforementioned something blue – but red bridal jewelry? Black bridal jewelry? Green bridal jewelry? Aren’t those just too bold for the bride on the street? We say no! Weddings in 2012, no matter what the budget, are becoming more original and more interesting than ever before. Today’s brides-to-be aren’t willing to settle for a wedding that looks like a clone of a 2011 wedding or *gasp* a 2005 wedding. They’ll settle for nothing less than a creative and innovative look that’s not going to be an echo of the weddings of yesteryear.

For those brides-to-be who are still a little in awe of colored bridal jewelry sets and what to do with them, let us offer up some advice that piggybacks on our article about 2012 wedding trends. When colored bridal jewelry feels a little too bold a statement for your ceremony, pull a switcheroo. Before you and your new spouse are introduced at the reception, that’s when you don the pink bridal jewelry or the purple bridal jewelry. That way, you not only get to make a bold statement, you also get to rock the two look 2012 wedding trend without having to buy a second dress.

Does that sound like you? Are you planning on doing a bridal jewelry quick change before your reception? Or planning to go ultra bold with colored bridal jewelry?


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Top Trends for Bridal Accessories (2012 Edition)

Crystal Pageantry Jewelry Set
JS-528 Crystal Pageantry Jewelry Set

This is going to be an exciting year for bridal accessories. Whether it’s jewelry or wedding hair accessories 2012 trends are all about creating a personalized, one-of-a-kind look. Sure, everyone talks about the wedding dress, but it’s the right bridal accessories, that really complete the bride’s wedding day garb. Read on to find out how the 2012 trends can help you create a bold statement that really says – “WOW… Here comes the bride!”

1. Color, a Little or a Lot

The hottest word in bridal accessories is color. Forget white on white with white, or even a touch of cream, 2012 is all about bold hues. Think a fuchsia belt or a peacock feather fascinator. Many brides are showing some “peek-a-boo” color with bright red or purple shoes. Jewelry is also getting a makeover, with brides choosing wedding baubles in a fantastic array of colors, adding a strong element of personality, fun, and a modern twist to the traditional bridal ensemble. The hottest color accent trend for 2012? Definitely black! I’ve fallen in love with black sashes and black birdcage veils, for starters.

2. Make a Statement with Statement Necklaces

One of my favorite 2012 trends for bridal accessories is the statement necklace. I love them, because this is where accessories meet fun. Brides can really create a “one-of-a kind” look with these exquisite pieces – be they funky, bright, cheeky, or unusual. A stand-out statement necklace gives the bride a real couture, high-fashion look. My favorites? Anything with bold colors and textures or long layers, and pearl and crystal necklaces!

Bliss Swarovski Side Headband
TI-3062 Bliss Swarovski Side Headband

3. Headbands Among the Top Bridal Accessories

Say goodbye to tiaras, headbands are the new standard in feminine, playful wedding hair accessories. And now they’re available in so many interesting and beautiful options. Ribbon headbands with rhinestone and crystal embellishments… headbands with a side embellishment are a modern chic twist! There are so many options: rhodium plating, with crystals or oversized, chunky rhinestones in intricate floral and geometric patterns. Even silk flowers and feathers are showing up on headbands, in fun colors, too.

4. Veils Are Back

As far as bridal accessories go, there may be nothing more traditional than the veil, but today’s veils are cut from a different cloth. 2012 brides are opting for shorter, updated veils. Birdcage veils are still wildly popular and give you an automatic vintage glam look. But let’s not forget that Kate Middleton also helped to bring back the longer, lacier veil styles, which means that 2012 trends for veils are going to be both short and long!

Large Couture Wedding Brooch
JP-1147 Large Couture Wedding Brooch

5. Not Your Gram’s Brooch

Brooches stodgy? Hush your mouth. I’m not talking about your grandmother’s brooch here. This year’s crop of brides-to-be is finding creative ways to incorporate these heirloom bridal accessories into their ensembles. Wear them as wedding hair accessories, on your bridal belt, on your gown for that signature sparkle, or even as shoe clips! And pssst, brooches make amazing bridesmaid gifts!

6. Did I Mention Bridal Belts?

This is one trend that has come a long way, baby. Once an anomaly in the bridal accessory world, bridal belts are now taking their place front and center among sashes as a simple, glitzy way to “dress-up” a simple wedding gown. Bridal belts are the ultimate in versatility… dress your look up with a rhinestone-embellished sash or get romantic with a cluster of soft, blush silk roses. Contrasting fabrics, eye-catching colors, and unusual designs can make a statement no wedding dress can make on its own. As for color, I love a black or champagne sash embellished with chunky stones, pearls and even lace!

7. It’s All About Vintage Style

We’ve mentioned birdcage veils, bridal belts, and brooches, all of which could be found gracing brides three generations ago. Vintage style? Still in. This has been on my trend list for three years running, and it has made the 2012 trends list, too, telling me vintage isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Think lacy patterns in rich rhodium plating, accented with hand-cut Swarovski crystals, intricate beading and huge, breathtaking rhinestones, chunky pearls, all entwined in an asymmetrical pattern.  With all this and more, how can you not love vintage-style?

And now, for a bonus 2012 trend. I’ve been seeing a strong, growing trend that has brides-to-be shopping for not one, but two bridal looks. As in a formal ensemble for the ceremony and a fun, sexier look for the reception. The double dress trend that seemed so unusual in 2010 is now almost the norm – but still an overly pricey option for most. That’s where bridal accessories come in. Your jewelry, your wedding hair accessories, and your shoes can take your wedding dress from day to night, from formal to casual… in other words, from ceremony to reception! Need an example? Picture a long, lacey veil for the ceremony paired with an elegant set of pearls. A quick change before the reception, off comes the veil and pearls, and add a pair of bold chandelier earrings along with a stunning side comb or fun feather accent. Voila! You get the double dress effect, without the cost of a second dress. Now that’s a trend everyone can admire!


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